First-Time Marathoner?  Welcome!

Your first marathon can be exhilarating, exhausting and overwhelming - we're here to help you through it!

Learn the Lingo!


Click on the graphic to a fantastic blog post that explains some of the terms you'll hear veteran marathoners throwing around as if they speak a secret language.  Now you're in the know!  (Please note:  mile marker locations and patient champion names have changed since this blog was written in 2013, but the definitions haven't.)








Speaking of Marathon Veterans ...

The Columbus Marathon Legacy Runners group put together their own set of tips and tricks for Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon runners.  Check it out HERE.

Tips and Tricks from the Race Director - Another Veteran Marathoner 

Race Director Darris Blackford, who did his first marathon in Columbus, regularly talks to training groups and hosts online video chats filled with advice and encouragement for runners and walkers of all experience levels and abilities.  Check a few of them out below:

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The Road Beyond

$10 Million


Nationwide Children’s Hospital is honored to be the title beneficiary for the Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon. 2020 marks the ninth year

of this partnership; so far more than $10 million has been raised for the Hospital.  This includes more than $1 million contributed since 2012 by the Columbus Marathon Board of Directors.


While this year looks a lot different, you can still help us on the road beyond $10 million by participating in the Meaningful Miles Challenge.  Fundraise for the hospital while committing to 13 or 26 Meaningful Miles challenges to make a difference in your community.  Feel great knowing YOU are helping each patient, plus get some awesome incentives for yourself!  Click HERE to register! 

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